Early to rise this morning. For breakfast I had some of Mom's homemade cinnamon bread (toasted) and a chocolate banana protein smoothie. So scrumptious.
Mom, Susan M. and I headed out at 8:45 a.m. to do a 6K (3.7 mi.) Volksmarch in Sherwood, Oregon. Susan M. calls it "the Sherwood forest" walk. The paved trail meanders through the woods along a wetland between housing developments, but you feel like you're out in the forest.
|Mom (with bakery box in hand) and me in Sherwood|
|Two Susans on the trail in Sherwood.|
We then took Mom grocery shopping at her favorite grocery store where she can buy organic produce and grass-fed or free range meats. She also wanted to try oat milk. Did you know you can buy cashew milk, hemp milk, and a whole variety of other milks? We found out you can.
|Mom and Susan M. checking out the produce|
|Mom's gorgeous lilies.|
Here are our photos of this lovely park and the Trail of Ten Falls.
|Susan behind South Falls (177')|
|Lower South Falls (93') with trail behind it.|
|Lower North Falls (30')|
|Double Falls (178')|
|Drake Falls (27')|
|Middle North Falls (106')|
|Susan on the sun-dappled trail.|
|Huge, moss-covered trees by the trail.|
|Yellow monkey flower, cousin to the snapdragon|
|Wild blackberries encroaching on the trail!|
|North Falls (136')|
|The natural grotto behind North Falls|
|Susan savoring her raspberry bar while looking out at|
|North Falls from the grotto.|
|Underside of maidenhair ferns.|
|Rocky stairs to go up from North Falls.|
|Upper North Falls.|
|Susan happy because our 12K is almost finished.|
We visited Mom briefly to re-load all our gear and eat some left-overs from the day before. Believe me when I say, we do not pack light! I think we thought of just about everything!
Our drive to the motel for our next five nights took 45 minutes. Rush hour was over in downtown Portland! Woo hoo.
When we arrived at the motel, we used two of the wheeled carts to haul all our stuff up to the room. I think we each made two trips! That's a lot of stuff.
Then we turned in for the night to be ready for the Columbia Gorge Biennial Classic Volksmarching weekend which starts tomorrow.
Travel Bug out.